§ Mr. Cryer
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the political advisers and public relations advisers currently employed to advise Ministers in his Department, including those persons paid by other organisations and seconded to the Government, giving in every case the source of payment, rate of salary and expenses.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
At present there are no political advisers or public relations advisers employed to advise Ministers in this Department. The Department is in the process of recruiting one and it is likely that they will be appointed with effect from 16 August. Salary has yet to be agreed.